I received the following guest post in my email today and couldn’t help but share it with you. It brought back such good memories for me. When my husband and I got married in 1995, we didn’t have a huge wedding or money for a honeymoon, but we were happy. We had a small wrapped box that set on our wedding gift table with a hole cut out of it where people could drop in money for us. Once the wedding was over and the cake was eaten, we jumped in the truck and counted our money as we headed to McDonald’s to have our first meal as a couple. We saw our best man and his girl friend at McDonald’s and we all ate lunch together. Then it was time to head off to our honeymoon destination. We had a hotel right next to Six Flags, so we could stay the night and walk across the small bridge to Six Flags, which was so much fun. Once our Six Flags fun was over, we used the money we had left and bought camping supplies and camped at the state park for a few days and had a blast! We had so much fun and made such great memories. Have you ever went camping? If not, I urge you to try it out, just make sure to go when the weather is just right for sleeping outside because it can get really uncomfortable in a tent in unfavorable weather conditions.
Guest Post: Don’t Overlook the Importance of Your Tent When Camping
As we’re now in the midst of summer, many families are heading out into the forest in search of some campfire songs and S’mores. Camping is easily one of the most fun things you can do with your family, and there’s no better time to do it than late July and early August.
You wouldn’t catch me on a family camping trip at this time of the year.
As too many campers (veteran and novice) all too often discover, they did not fully come ready for the conditions that Mother Nature and the land can dish out. As a result, they can find their camping experience less than stellar, perhaps keeping them from heading out another time to enjoy all nature has to offer.
Whether you are heading out on your very first family camping trip or you often times take to the land, having the proper gear with you should never be overlooked, including how you go about choosing a backpacking tent for your family. Do you all want to share one tent? Do mom and dad get a tent, and the kids get another tent?
First and foremost, make sure you inspect all the gear that will accompany you on your trip. Even if the equipment is not that old, weather, insects, animals and more can wreak havoc on it over time.
While essentials such as enough water and food, a medical kit, and a cell phone are common sense items to take with you, what kind of living gear are you taking with you? Do you have a tent that can withstand potentially harsh elements like heavy rain and cold (see more below)? If not, you could find your trip miserable and/or cut short by soggy shoes and teary eyes.
When shopping for a tent, make sure you keep the following in mind:
1. Pick a price – While your safety and comfort should be paramount, it is likely that price will enter the picture. If you cannot afford the most expensive tents available, by all means save yourself some money while still purchasing quality gear. Shop around and never settle for the first tent you find;
2. Know the numbers – How many people are you expecting to occupy the tent on any given camping trip? If you’re planning on more than just yourself staying under a tent, make sure you get a properly sized one that offers room and comfort the occupants. Remember, the last thing you want is cramped conditions for one or more nights;
3. Weight does matter – Another important factor in determining what kind of tent you buy is the weight. If you are transporting the tent via car or truck, then weight is not such a decisive factor. In the event you will be carrying the gear and/or biking it in, then you don’t want to be burdened by a ton of gear. If you have a little extra money available, you can always get a smaller tent for yourself if you will be physically transporting it, while getting a larger tent that you can move in and out of areas by vehicle when you so choose;
4. Reliability – Finally, how reliable will the tent that you purchase be? Even one experience stuck in the cold, rain etc. is one too many. Make sure you try out a number of tents when visiting different camping ground showrooms, finding a tent that can stand up to the worst Mother Nature has to offer. As many campers have discovered over the years, their choice of tents ended up saving them a lot of pain and expenses when all was said and done, be it for a day or even weeks and months at a time.
Make sure you take the time to plan out everything with your tent situation before taking your family out into the wilderness. Even backyard camping requires a tent that’s suitable for outdoor conditions.
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